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Trekking in Maharashtra: 12 Most Toughest and Popular Treks in Maharashtra

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Maharashtra is known for a lot of things and one of the most major attraction of visitors to this state is because of the beautiful treks it offers. Trekking in Maharashtra is an amazing adventure and the Sahyadri ranges are considered as one of the most amazing and beautiful ranges to trek on at any time of the year.

Trekking in Maharashtra: 12 Treks you can't Miss Out On!

Trekking can be done at any time and all you need is energy and a bunch of enthusiasts with the same mojo! With so many beautiful treks around Mumbai and Pune, you can have the perfect trip, if planned well. All these treks offer lush green landscapes, a lot of historical knowledge, exceptional flora and fauna and a brilliant trekking experience. These treks are also considered as a perfect weekend getaway for people living in Mumbai and Pune. Trekking in Maharashtra is a fun and adventurous activity, especially during the monsoon season.

Kalsubai Trek

Livingit Rank: Enthusiast to Advanced

Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra is the highest peak in Maharashtra. Located in the taluka of Igatpuri, the highest altitude of this trek is 5400 feet above the sea level. The Kalsubai trek difficulty level ranges from medium to high and it is also called as the ‘Everest of Sahyadri’. Even though the Kalsubai difficulty level is high, it is worthwhile as the view from the top is mesmerizing.

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Kalsubai Trek - In view Ratangad (Source)

Once you reach the top of this trek you can also pay a visit to the Kalsubai temple and can witness the peaks of Ratangad, AMK (Alang-Madan-Kulang), Harishchandragad, Ahivant, Saptashrungigad, Markindya, Dhodap.

 

This trek is a part of the ‘Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary’ and it stretches up to Harishchandragad. This trek is considered as one of the most loved monsoon treks and is packed with waterfalls, misty views and lush green valleys.

Rajmachi Trek

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This trek is also called as the ‘Twin Forts of Maharashtra’ trek. This is located near Lonavala and lies 2710 feet above the ground level. The difficulty level of this trek is easy and this is one of the most famous and loved destinations for trekking in Maharashtra. This trek in Maharashtra is loved by both veterans and beginners because of the views it offers. This fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj in the 17th century.

Rajmachi Fort
Rajmachi Fort (Source)

The main attraction of this trek is exploring ‘Manranjan’, ‘Shrivardhan’ and the ‘Rajamachi Lake’ around the fort. You can reach this fort via 2 routes; first being from Karjat and the other being from Lonavala. The route from Lonavala is considered to be slightly difficult. You will see a lot of flora and fauna on whichever route you choose as they are both surrounded by dense forests and a lot of greenery.

Harishchandragad Trek

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The  Harishchandragad Trek is considered as one of the best trekking places in Maharashtra. Very common amongst experienced trekkers, this is a beautiful and most difficult trek in Maharashtra. Trekking in Maharashtra is incomplete if you have not completed this trek. Situated in the Western Ghats, this trek can be found in the Malshej region of Maharashtra and stands at an altitude of 4671 feet above the sea level.

This fort can be reached via seven routes and the most popular routes are Makad Naal or Nali chi waat. Once you are about to reach the top of this trek you will see the much talked about ‘Konkan Kada’ on your right. This is a long trek and isn’t recommended for beginners. The average time taken from Konkan Kada to the base is 9 hours.

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Harishchandragad-Naalichi Vaat (Source)

Rajgad Fort Trek

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Commonly called as the ‘King of Forts’ in Maharashtra, this medium difficulty trek is located in the Gunjavane region of the state and lies on an altitude of 2901 feet above the sea level. This is considered as one of the grandest forts while trekking in Maharashtra. 

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Rajgad Fort Trek (Source)

This was the capital of Shivaji Maharaj for over 25 years before Raigad fort. Torna fort is adjacent to Rajgad fort and it is believed that the treasure which was found in this fort was used to build Rajgad. If you are residing in Pune, then this fort is must visit as it is very close by and the views from this fort are spectacular. The entrance door to this fort is commonly called as ‘Mahadarwaja’.

Raigad Fort

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Raigad Fort is undoubtedly the pride of Maharashtra. The capital of Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1674, this fort is located in the Raigad district of the state, stands tall at 2700 feet above the sea level and is of medium difficulty.  You can see a lot of ancient structure (most of which is ruins now) like the Queen’s Quarters, Public Durbar, Watch Towers, Darwazas (gateways). This is one of the main attractions for the people visiting Maharashtra.

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Raigad Fort (Source)

Salher Fort

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This is considered as the highest fort in Maharashtra and the second highest peak in the Sahyadri ranges. The base camp of this fort is the Salher Village or Waghembe Village. It takes almost 3 hours to finish this entire trek.

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Salher Fort (Source)

This fort is located in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. It is believed that Lord Parshuram did his ‘tapasya’ on this fort. The nearest town is Taharabad, it is 112 Km away from Nashik via Satana. This is the closest route to reach this beautiful fort. This is a heritage site and the Battle of Salher was fought here.

Harihar Fort

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Harihar Fort, also called as the Harshagad fort is located in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. This for was constructed for trading between the district and Gonda Ghat. Now, this is a popular destination for trekking in Maharashtra. This for stands tall at 3676 feet above the sea level and can be reached from Nasik, Mumbai, and Igatpuri. The most famous attraction in this trek is the rock-cut steps which are very peculiar and are seen only here.

Harihar Fort
Rock-Cut Steps at Harihar Fort (Source)

Torna Fort

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This is considered as the best trekking places in Maharashtra as well. Located in the Pune district this fort stands tall at a height of 1405 feet above the sea level and offers one of the most spectacular views of the Sahyadri ranges. This entire trek takes up to 7 hours to be completed. Velhe is the base camp of this trek. The best time to do this trek is winters and it is recommended to avoid this trek in the monsoons as it is a very risky walk. Torna fort is one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Maharashtra.

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Torna Fort Range (Source)

Vasota Jungle Trek

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Vasota trek is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra near the Bamnoli Village. It is on the banks of the Shivsagar Lake and this beautiful fort is surrounded by water on three sides. This fort is at a height of 1171 feet above the sea level and is located in deep jungles of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. Once you reach the top of this fort you can see the Kas Mahabaleshwar and the backwaters of the Shivsagar Lake. There are a lot of wild animals too which can be spotted near the fort and while your way to the top of the fort.

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Vasota Jungle View (Source)

Jivdhan Fort

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This is a hill fortress and is located in the Nane Ghat region in the Junnar district near Pune. This fort rises up to 1145 feet above the sea level and the most talked about the history of this fort is the loot by the Britishers in the year 1815 – 1818. Jivdhan is a part of the ‘Famous 5’ trekking in Maharashtra amongst veterans. Chavaand, Hadsar, Shivneri, and Naneghat are the other destinations in the Famous 5 treks. The difficulty level of this trek is high as it has a lot of misguiding tracks, dense forests and sharp rock cut steps.

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Jivdhan Fort (Source)

Dhopdap Fort

Livingit Rank: Beginners to Enthusiast and Advanced​​​​​​​

This is a hill fort in the Nasik district of Maharashtra and is situated in the Chandwad taluka. The fort is at an enormous height of 4830 feet above the sea level and is the highest point after Salher Fort. It is the 29th highest peak in the Western Ghats. The base village is called as Dhodambe and is the start of the trek. There is a temple too in the caves which are in a very good condition and is maintained by the locals. There are two routes which are available to climb this fort one from Dhodambe village side and from the Deola side.

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Dhopdap Fort Trek (Source)

Alang Fort

Livingit Rank: Enthusiast to Advanced​​​​​​​

This fort lies in the Kalsubai range of the Western Ghats. It is one of the 3 forts in that range and is also called as Alangad Fort. It lies in the Nashik district of Maharashtra and is one of the most difficult forts to climb in that region. There is an accommodation facticity too when you trek here in one of the caves which can accommodate up to 40 people. The top of this fort is a huge plateau which is a fascinating point for most of the trekkers. This is a hill fort and stands tall at 4500 feet above the sea level.

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Alang fort Plateau (Source)

Trekking in Maharashtra is very popular mostly because of these amazing heritage forts which are a must do for every trekking enthusiast. Some of these treks are also considered as most difficult treks in Maharashtra but are a delight especially in the monsoons and some of them at any time of the year. Trekking up to the highest peak in Maharashtra or reaching a fort which is full of ancient ruins and has a lot of history attached to it, these treks in Maharashtra have it all.

 

As the best season for getting out of your home and soaking up the sun is approaching soon, it is time you plan your trip to these amazing heritage sites in the country and some of the most difficult trek in Maharashtra and experience best of both the worlds soon!

 

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